From The Party To The Race | CrankChaos FOX Enduro Race Recap

Day two of the CrankChaos MTB Festival had a large field of riders line up for the five-stage FOX Enduro.

The FOX Enduro at CrankChaos is a big day on the bike with a total time (for the majority of the field) at around 4 hours. The time in stage (time against the clock) for the winner was over 16 minutes. With CrankChaos having an appealing ‘party-to-race ratio’ the vibe amongst the riders is always very relaxed. Yet, racers are racers and once tagged into stage everyone was flat out. The big challenges for the day would be the powder-like soil, managing high-intensity efforts at altitude and dealing with the after-effects of the previous night at the Sky bar.

Riders in action at the 2019 fox enduro at the Crankchaos maluti mountain bike festival in lesotho. Image for crankchaos by dom barnardt. Bike Network.
Needles got stuck-in early on stage one making light work of the first technical section and tieing with Theo for the lead.
Riders in action at the 2019 fox enduro at the Crankchaos maluti mountain bike festival in lesotho. Image for crankchaos by dom barnardt. Bike Network.
Pottie had some technical issues in a few of the stages which took him out of the overall but he did snatch a win on stage two. “CrankChaos is one of my highlights of the year. We have so many high-pressure races as athletes so coming to an event like this where you just kuier and have fun with friends – where the results don’t really matter is so cool. This event is just about having a jol with like-minded people. I will be back.” – Pottie
Riders in action at the 2019 fox enduro at the Crankchaos maluti mountain bike festival in lesotho. Image for crankchaos by dom barnardt. Bike Network.
The combination of altitude and soft soil at Afriski ensured the 5-stage enduro was physically challenging and technically tricky. Frankie du Toit rode consistently through all the stages placing 2nd on the day.
“CrankChaos is such an amazing event, it incorporates all the gravity elements of riding and brings everyone to the same place to have a jol on bikes. The racing isn’t so serious but it’s so much fun. The riding here is amazing. It’s very different to anywhere else – the powder on the trails is crazy and rad. This is a for sure on my calendar for next year.” – Frankie
Riders in action at the 2019 fox enduro at the Crankchaos maluti mountain bike festival in lesotho. Image for crankchaos by dom barnardt. Bike Network.
Shred or be shredded.
Riders in action at the 2019 fox enduro at the Crankchaos maluti mountain bike festival in lesotho. Image for crankchaos by dom barnardt. Bike Network.
Tim Bentley leans into the wind as he lines up one of the drops.
Riders in action at the 2019 fox enduro at the Crankchaos maluti mountain bike festival in lesotho. Image for crankchaos by dom barnardt. Bike Network.
A solid 4th overall for Duran Duran but he definitely won best dressed.
Riders in action at the 2019 fox enduro at the Crankchaos maluti mountain bike festival in lesotho. Image for crankchaos by dom barnardt. Bike Network.
After 16 minutes against the clock ‘fun rider’ Theo ended the day in 2nd, just 4 seconds off of the win.
Riders in action at the 2019 fox enduro at the Crankchaos maluti mountain bike festival in lesotho. Image for crankchaos by dom barnardt. Bike Network.
“CrankChaos thinks of everything. They think of the vibe, how is everyone going to have the most fun in a stress-free environment. There has been a lot of work on the trails this year, there are two more stages to the Enduro this year and it’s now world-class. It’s good riding. It’s a good weekend with the boys and a good weekend of riding. 10 out of 10.” – Andrew Neethling
Riders in action at the 2019 fox enduro at the Crankchaos maluti mountain bike festival in lesotho. Image for crankchaos by dom barnardt. Bike Network.
Adriaan Smit from Paarl rallied into 6th overall.
Riders in action at the 2019 fox enduro at the Crankchaos maluti mountain bike festival in lesotho. Image for crankchaos by dom barnardt. Bike Network.
With the T-bar lift used twice during liaisons, the 5 stage enduro is a little less demanding on the legs than it might have been. However, at 3 222m above sea level, it is still a significantly tough day out for all; which in a way extracts more Gees from the riders.
Riders in action at the 2019 fox enduro at the Crankchaos maluti mountain bike festival in lesotho. Image for crankchaos by dom barnardt. Bike Network.
Big mountains. Views for days. Riders boosting all over the show. This is CrankChaos.
Riders in action at the 2019 fox enduro at the Crankchaos maluti mountain bike festival in lesotho. Image for crankchaos by dom barnardt. Bike Network.
All the stages are tricky. Some have a little airtime and some have lots of airtime opportunities.
Riders in action at the 2019 fox enduro at the Crankchaos maluti mountain bike festival in lesotho. Image for crankchaos by dom barnardt. Bike Network.
The liaison to Stage 4 was beastly but assisted with a tail-wind.
Riders in action at the 2019 fox enduro at the Crankchaos maluti mountain bike festival in lesotho. Image for crankchaos by dom barnardt. Bike Network.
Or, be smart like event organizer Max Cluer and use another kind of assist. The electric kind. Braaap.
Riders in action at the 2019 fox enduro at the Crankchaos maluti mountain bike festival in lesotho. Image for crankchaos by dom barnardt. Bike Network.
Enduro virgin Greg Hall says he loved every minute of it especially the camaraderie amongst the riders.
Riders in action at the 2019 fox enduro at the Crankchaos maluti mountain bike festival in lesotho. Image for crankchaos by dom barnardt. Bike Network.
The spirit.
Riders in action at the 2019 fox enduro at the Crankchaos maluti mountain bike festival in lesotho. Image for crankchaos by dom barnardt. Bike Network.
Niko Velasco (Commencal South Africa) cruised into 3rd overall today.
Riders in action at the 2019 fox enduro at the Crankchaos maluti mountain bike festival in lesotho. Image for crankchaos by dom barnardt. Bike Network.
There was a lot of foot out insurance taken throughout the day as the loose turns were unpredictable.
Riders in action at the 2019 fox enduro at the Crankchaos maluti mountain bike festival in lesotho. Image for crankchaos by dom barnardt. Bike Network.
Smash it bro! #Powder
Riders in action at the 2019 fox enduro at the Crankchaos maluti mountain bike festival in lesotho. Image for crankchaos by dom barnardt. Bike Network.
Little shredder! Jack Schlieman (9 years old) completed all 5 stages and placed 7th in the U18 category.
Riders in action at the 2019 fox enduro at the Crankchaos maluti mountain bike festival in lesotho. Image for crankchaos by dom barnardt. Bike Network.
Capetonian and ex motocross racer Dayle Holmes sits into the turn in full moto style. Dayle placed 5th in sub vets and 12th overall.
Riders in action at the 2019 fox enduro at the Crankchaos maluti mountain bike festival in lesotho. Image for crankchaos by dom barnardt. Bike Network.
Going into the last two stages Tim Bentley was 5 seconds down on Theo but he clawed all of them back and put a further 4 seconds into Theo to claim the win. What a beast.
Riders in action at the 2019 fox enduro at the Crankchaos maluti mountain bike festival in lesotho. Image for crankchaos by dom barnardt. Bike Network.
Stage 5 was everyone’s favorite. Over 5 minutes in length, with a flowy start and a steeper technical end section.
Riders in action at the 2019 fox enduro at the Crankchaos maluti mountain bike festival in lesotho. Image for crankchaos by dom barnardt. Bike Network.
3rd overall in the women’s field and 1st U18, Beani Thies (left): “This whole trip has been amazing. It’s really cool to have a bigger field this year. If you want to have fun, to have a year-end bash this is definitely the place to do it.”
Riders in action at the 2019 fox enduro at the Crankchaos maluti mountain bike festival in lesotho. Image for crankchaos by dom barnardt. Bike Network.
Most of the riders keep it classy when there are free beers at the finish line.
Riders in action at the 2019 fox enduro at the Crankchaos maluti mountain bike festival in lesotho. Image for crankchaos by dom barnardt. Bike Network.
….then there is Theo in off-season mode.
Riders in action at the 2019 fox enduro at the Crankchaos maluti mountain bike festival in lesotho. Image for crankchaos by dom barnardt. Bike Network.
FOX had a full range of lids on display which were also available to demo.
Riders in action at the 2019 fox enduro at the Crankchaos maluti mountain bike festival in lesotho. Image for crankchaos by dom barnardt. Bike Network.
Max and Peter driving the gees whilst keeping a watchful eye on #Buffalo opportunities.
Riders in action at the 2019 Crankchaos maluti mountain bike festival in lesotho. Image for crankchaos by dom barnardt.
Jnr podium from left: Klaasen, Luxpord (1st) and Brand.
Riders in action at the 2019 fox enduro at the Crankchaos maluti mountain bike festival in lesotho. Image for crankchaos by dom barnardt. Bike Network.
Women’s podium from left: du Toit, Grossman (1st) and Thies.
Riders in action at the 2019 Crankchaos maluti mountain bike festival in lesotho. Image for crankchaos by dom barnardt.
Men’s podium from left: Erlangsen, Bentley (1st) and Velasco.

Race NoTeam NameSexAge CatLeg1PosLeg2PosLeg3PosLeg4PosLeg5PosTotal TimeOv. PosAge Pos
191STEFFANIE GROSSMANFSenior/Elite01:46104:07103:06103:39106:47119:2511
31TIMOTHY BENTLEYMSenior/Elite01:29303:55302:41202:53105:31116:2911
2THEO ERLANGSENMSenior/Elite01:28103:51202:41202:58305:35216:3322
139FRANCES DU TOITFSenior/Elite01:53204:23203:17203:51207:01220:2522
10BEANI THIESFU1801:58304:25303:20303:52307:27321:0231
182NICO VELASCOMSenior/Elite01:30403:58602:45402:56205:39316:4833
190LOUISE KOTSEFSub Veteran01:58304:38403:37404:10407:45422:0841
22DURAN VAN EEEDENMSenior/Elite01:34604:03902:46503:04605:52617:1944
172WENDY ODENDAALFSub Veteran01:59505:06703:46504:30508:29523:5052
69JACOBUS POTGIETERMSub Veteran02:115303:45102:57902:58305:46417:3751
142ADRIAAN SMITMSub Veteran01:32503:55302:56703:221106:13817:5862
198EDWINA LUTSCHFVeteran02:05604:57603:50704:45708:40624:1761
199FRANK MEYERMSub Veteran01:381004:041002:55603:15806:161118:0873
197ROBIN STEWARTFU1802:16704:41503:49604:34609:04724:2472
16RINA PEACHFSub Veteran807:3588813:27883
127HILTON HAYWARDMMaster01:36803:57503:001303:221106:201218:1581
32CHRISTOPHER PEARTONMSub Veteran01:452204:00703:001303:221106:13818:2094
7STRUAN MCMASTERMSenior/Elite01:381004:051302:581003:20906:221318:23105
17WILLIAM LUXPORDMU1801:35704:051302:56703:251506:231418:24111
146IKE CLASSENMU1801:411304:213502:581003:12706:391918:51122
77DAYLE HOLMESMSub Veteran01:431804:051303:001303:281806:351718:51125
58JOSHUA DONALDSONMSenior/Elite01:36804:112403:031603:352106:261618:51126
165JOHAN MANSMSenior/Elite01:391204:02802:581003:281806:462118:53157
187CORNELIUS SWANEPOELMSenior/Elite01:523004:061803:304103:211006:04718:53157
25HILTON FROSTMSenior/Elite01:411304:061803:051803:261606:381818:56179
116CHRIS WAGNERMSenior/Elite01:452204:061803:092203:422406:241519:061810
132MILES KELSEYMVeteran01:442004:061803:041703:332006:422019:09191
122KEAGAN BRANDMU1801:431804:213503:112503:271706:562319:38203
64RYAN VAN DER SPUTMSub Veteran01:421504:102203:112503:432606:522219:38206
11JOHN PAUL PEARTONMSub Veteran01:472504:041003:112503:372207:173319:56227
43CONRAD STOLTZMVeteran01:512904:041003:051803:543107:102820:04232
188JUSTIN STEYNMSenior/Elite01:594104:163303:092203:402307:012520:052411
155BENNIE (BAREND JACOBUS) BURGERMSub Veteran01:523004:203403:072103:422407:082720:09258
40PHILLIP WILLIAMSMSenior/Elite01:482604:132803:132903:432607:163220:132612
34DANA COETZEEMSub Veteran01:563704:122503:213103:532907:133020:35279
33JAMES LOOTSMSenior/Elite01:482604:143003:092204:053907:253520:412813
48RAYMOND RORICHMSub Veteran01:523004:274003:223303:543107:122920:472910
1CHRIS ACKERMANMMaster01:462404:122503:243603:472807:384320:47292
169ARNO VAN WYKMSenior/Elite01:442004:132803:122804:033707:374220:493114
129GRANT USSHERMVeteran01:492804:122503:213103:583307:293820:49313
51BRYCE MUNROMSenior/Elite02:014404:051303:153004:053907:263620:523315
29CAYLE DORMEHLMU1801:421504:143003:051805:055106:582421:04344
154JACQUES SIEBERTMSenior/Elite02:064904:223703:253704:033707:143121:103516
52ARNO VENTERMSub Veteran01:553404:253903:273803:593407:283721:143611
118GRANT PAGEMSub Veteran01:543304:143003:293904:154407:364121:283712
19MICHARD MEETSMSenior/Elite01:421504:051306:056103:241406:141021:303817
180ALASTAIR BRANDMMaster01:584004:314303:233404:003507:444521:36393
123GREG HALLMSenior/Elite02:004204:294203:293904:064107:474621:514018
144FRANCOIS TERBLANCHEMSenior/Elite01:553404:334503:364704:134307:344021:514018
39RICHARD CROWSEMVeteran02:014404:344703:404804:023607:424421:59424
12ALESSION LACOVIGMSub Veteran02:004204:284103:324404:254608:004722:254313
6NIC BESTERMSub Veteran02:075004:384903:233404:174508:054822:304414
5BARRY CROUSEMVeteran03:536704:102203:304103:532907:203422:46455
44DAVID MESSEMMSub Veteran02:105104:334503:354504:384708:335023:294615
8JAN VAN SCHALKWYKMVeteran02:115304:384903:525204:454908:405324:06476
23MICHAEL PASSMANMSub Veteran02:054704:515403:435005:115508:274924:174816
28MPHO MOJAPELOMSub Veteran02:024604:384903:424905:065208:515524:194917
145FRANCO NIEMANMSenior/Elite02:105104:314304:035304:414809:105624:355020
189JUSTIN COETZEEMSenior/Elite02:325705:075704:075405:265708:385225:505121
126RUAN JANSE VAN RENSBERGMSub Veteran02:456005:136104:095505:095409:155826:315218
45ZEPHER RUBIDGEMU1801:563704:384903:314311:316307:012528:37535
171ANDREW WIDDALLMMaster02:466105:055604:395606:405909:546029:04544
164ADRIANO GOUVEIAMU1802:325705:396307:566305:085309:115730:26556
125RICARDO GOUVEIAMSub Veteran02:425905:166207:216205:225611:126431:535619
162JACK SCHLIEMANMU1802:506206:366604:415707:006011:006332:07577
195DERICK COETZEEMMaster02:596405:095904:555908:176110:546232:14585
120JOHAN TROSKEMMaster04:106805:516504:576008:266211:146534:38596
68ANDREW NEETHLINGMSub Veteran01:2816702:39103:00505:4856020
41LOUIS VAN WYKMSenior/Elite01:553404:233803:354504:0641676022
38DOMINIQUE MUNZERMSub Veteran02:115304:374803:48516408:34516020
60JOHN COLEMVeteran03:016605:095904:51586412:2766607
133KYLE BRANDMU1801:563704:4953646407:3239608
128TREVOR BEEKMANMVeteran02:506205:08586405:275809:4559607
27MARTIN KLASENMVeteran02:175604:56556404:485008:5054607
50SCHALK PEACHMSub Veteran03:006505:4564646410:25616020
35PIERRE MOUTONMSenior/Elite02:0547676464676022

FOX Enduro Highlights Edit



About #CrankChaos

The annual CrankChaos MTB Festival is unique and definitely one for the bucket list. Emulating events like Crankworx and the Colorado Freeride Festival, CrankChaos brings you the very best that mountain biking has to offer. The event is hosted by Afriski Mountain Resort in the beautiful Mountain Kingdom of Lesotho, which at 3 222m above sea level makes it the highest festival of its kind on the African continent.


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